BHOPAL: The recovery of bodies of two innocent boys who were kidnapped from Chitrakoot of Satna district has exposed chinks in the armour of the law and order in the state. So, it is testing times for Chief Minister Kamal Nath who came to power with some promises only two months ago. One of his promises was to better law and order.
The kidnapping of Shreyans and Priyansh has put a big question mark on the efficacy of law and order. Their being kidnapped and murdered displays the failure of the system. The police do not seem to take the responsibility of its failure. The death of these children is a proof of incompetence of the police. The Director General of Police (DGP) met the Chief Minister on Saturday and demanded police-commissionerate system. The DGP, despite such a ghastly incident, did not consider it wise to visit the site. Besides, home minister Bala Bachchan did not find time in past 12 days to meet and console the family members of the kidnapped children.
After the incident, Nath should give up his affection for Bachchan. Bachchan may be loyal to Nath, but several incidents have proved that he is not fit for the post of home minister. The government has failed to take any action against the police officers after the incident. In a meeting of police officers, Nath had said that the arms of the law are longer than those of the criminals. Nath has to show how it is done. The kidnappers of children should be punished. Those police men who failed to recover and bring back the children alive should also be punished.
Police also ask for more rights. Police, which generally threaten people at road squares and bows to the feet of politicians, have rights, which no body has. The incident is a reminder that before giving rights to the police, their duties should also be reviewed. The criminals, nabbed in connection with the incident may be connected to any political parties, but they should be punished. The government could not escape its own responsibility by claiming the criminals having affiliation to another political party.
The frequent transfers of police personnel in the state are also responsible for such incidents. One police officer is being transferred several times. Police and administration, instead of work, are busy in appeasing the Congress leaders. Police officers are seen at the doorsteps of ministers and MLAs for plum postings. It is irony that one order transfers 34 police officers and issues amendment in it. It is difficult to understand whether it was correct to transfer or to amend the order.
It is time for Nath to show his might. He has been saying time and again that he will not let anyone face injustice. The family of the two innocent boys is facing injustice, and to give them justice will only prove the power of the government in real sense.